Oklahoma

State report card

The report card for each state contains the scores it received when we evaluated it for how well it protects patients against sexually abusive doctors. The overall rating is the average of the score the state received in each category. In states with two medical boards, one for osteopathic physicians and the other for medical doctors, the overall rating is based on an average of each board’s scores.

Click on the boxes below to read how Oklahoma did on each category — and how we calculated the score for the categories.

46

State rating (out of 100)

  • Board composition: 68
    Are consumer members included to balance physicians’ tendency to identify with their colleagues? More...
    A blueprint developed by The Federation of State Medical Boards recognized the importance of having independent public members on physician-dominated medical regulatory agencies. To assess the composition of disciplinary agencies, the AJC used three measures, with the most weight given to consumer representation. Top grades went to states where public members make up at least 40 percent of the board; where those members represent consumers and where neither they nor their family members have professional or financial ties to health care; and where women hold at least 40 percent of the board seats.

More from Oklahoma

Highlighted case

Dr. Juan Lases

Back in 1986, the Oklahoma board suspended Lases' license because of sexual misconduct with two minor patients -- a 10-year-old male and a 17-year-old female. But in 1988, the board allowed him to return to practice on probation, and all the conditions of probation were lifted in 1991.

Then in 2010, the doctor signed an agreement not to practice, and in 2012 was pleaded no contest to sexual battery and indecent exposure.

A news report said he groped a patient while masturbating.

A judge called him a sexual predator after he admitted he had masturbated in public more than 100 times, according to The Oklahoman.

The judge sentenced Lases to 10 years in prison. In 2013, he surrendered his license.

The Journal-Constitution was unable to reach Lases for comment.

Researching a doctor

  • Accurate records of sexual abuse accusations against doctors are not always easily accessible. In Oklahoma, there are two regulatory boards. The Oklahoma Board of Medical Lincensure regulates MD physicians and surgeons. The best chance of finding problems isby searching this database here, which includes a filter for doctors with disciplinary actions. Ostheopathic physicians are regulated by the Oklahoma State Board of Osteopathic Examiners. You can search for physician records here, but you will need to contact the board directly to request any specifics on board orders issued. The board also offers a list of disciplined doctors, but it only dates back five years. Please note that license search results typically include all public disciplinary actions, not just those involving sexual misconduct, and can sometimes include vague language. Also, some states deal with some disciplinary issues privately; private board orders are not included.

Complaint process

Both boards investigate anonymous complaints. They also have authority to conduct covert investigations.

Where to file a complaint

Quoted

“There exists in a physician’s position such a vast disparity of power and influence between the physician and those affected by this disparity that sexual relationships are improper and unprofessional…Consent by the patient shall be no defense."

— Oklahoma board of Medical Licensure and Supervision position statement on sexual misconduct

Key fact

The medical and osteopathic boards do not post disciplinary orders online, and their online lists of disciplinary actions do not include the reasons the doctors were sanctioned. The public must pay for copies of orders.

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